February 3, 2016 Edition

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Highway engineer gives 67 update

John Bland

Work continues on the completion of the four lanes of U.S. Hwy. 67, from Hwy. 226 (between Swifton and Cash) to the Hwy. 63 interchange at Hoxie. This segment of the highway is expected to open around Labor Day.

Once this 16-mile span of highway is opened, travelers on U.S. Hwy. 67 will have a four-lane highway from Hoxie to Little Rock.

District 10 Engineer Walter McMillan of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department shared the latest updates on the project with The TD.

The completion date and opening of this stretch of highway has changed several times due to various factors, McMillan said. At this time, he expects the new four-lane highway will be open by the end of August or first part of September.

Paving is complete on the main lanes of the new highway, he said.

Work is now being done on the two ramps at the Hwy. 230 interchange, near Alicia. Workers are in the process of trimming the subgrade of soil and placing a cement-treated base on the ramps.

The two ramps that will connect Hwy. 67 to Hwy. 63 still have to be built, McMillan added.

Workers are also in the process of hauling base rock for the shoulders of the new stretch of highway, from Hwy. 230 (near Alicia) to Hwy. 63, which is a 10-mile stretch. Some 30,000 tons of base rock are needed to complete this job, and when the base rock is in place, the shoulders will be covered in asphalt.

Lastly, the new segment of highway will need to be striped, and then it will be ready for traffic.

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